The pandemic trademarks ®

The pandemic trademarks ®

A number of trademark applicants are gearing up to capitalize on the coronavirus epidemic. In Latin America we have been able to find out applications in Mexico for trademark “CORONAVIRUS” nº 2341574 for class 42 and in Argentina under nº 3884178; In Chile, there is an application nº 1352097 for trademark “COVID-19” to identify products in class 3 and 25 and services in class 43. In the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) trademark application nº 18209884 “CORONAVIRUS” was filed to identify products of classes 3, 31, 32, 33. https://euipo.europa.eu/eSearch/#basic/1+1+1+1/100+100+100+100/coronavirus The Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) has received several similar applications, among them trademark “CORONAVIRUS” nº...

COVID-19 and Intellectual Property

COVID-19 and Intellectual Property

1.- The Ecuadorian Government has declared a 21 days lock-down as part of its efforts to contain spread of the COVID 19 virus and the Ecuadorean Intellectual Property Office (IP Office) has suspended deadlines during this period. However, the Ecuadorian IP Office remains open for filing documents and new applications online. 2.- Medtronic shares its ventilator IP rights to combat shortages of equipment caused by COVID-19 outbreak coronavirus around the world. https://www.massdevice.com/breaking-medtronic-shares-ventilator-ip-to-combat-shortages-against-coronavirus/ 3.- The European Commission has been at the forefront of supporting research and coordination European and global research efforts, including preparedness for pandemics. In addition to a number...

SWISSBRAND- Compañía panameña obtiene registro de la marca SWISSBRAND, pese a la oposición de SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

SWISSBRAND- Compañía panameña obtiene registro de la marca SWISSBRAND, pese a la oposición de SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

Mediante Resolución No. OCDI-2019-111, del 6 de febrero de 2019, el Órgano Colegiado de derechos Intelectuales, máximo órgano administrativo de Propiedad Intelectual en Ecuador, ratificó en última instancia su decisión respecto del caso SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vs.  SWISS BRAND LIMITED INC respecto de la posibilidad de registro de la marca “SWISSBRAND, Clase Internacional No. 18. La demandante SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY sostenía que el signo SWISSBRAND era engañoso y que ilegítimamente reproducía el nombre de un país, lo cual está prohibido por la norma nacional vigente en Ecuador. La autoridad, sin embargo, aceptó la tesis...

REDUCTION OF PATENT OFFICIAL FEES IN ECUADOR

REDUCTION OF PATENT OFFICIAL FEES IN ECUADOR

Since the last increase in the Ecuadorian patent official fees, enacted in 2014, the number of patent applications filed in Ecuador decreased drastically. In addition, a number of social organizations and some foreign entities brought legal actions against such an increase. The claims mainly argued that the approved official fees were higher than those of other Andean Member countries, they were not justified considering the cost of patent services rendered in Ecuador, and that the discounts granted to some national entities were discriminatory to foreign applicants. According to Resolution 001-2016-CD-IEPI, dated 3 August 2016 and published in the Ecuadorian Official...